California’s Dairy Industry Knows How To Cut Its Greenhouse Gasses, But Can It Afford To?

The rumbling of a tank-sized power plant on the Van Warmerdam dairy is the sound of relief for a longtime farming family.

It’s a signal that the Van Warmerdams won’t have to change the way they do business much to comply with the looming air quality regulations that aim to slash the carbon footprint of California’s dairy industry.

Their Galt ranch is one of no more than 15 in the state that has a working methane digester, the expensive equipment that turns the greenhouse gas emitted by cow manure into a source of renewable energy.

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